Regent University Law Review Symposium Presenters

MCLE Credits Offered: 2 Ethics Credits for Panel I (Pending Approval)



John T. Berry currently serves as The Florida Bar’s Legal Division Director supervising the lawyer regulation and professionalism efforts. He was the Chair of the 2009 National Organization of Bar Counsel committee issuing the Report on Law School Professionalism Initiatives. He served as the liaison and Staff Lead on a four-year study of Legal Education Reform, and has been a liaison to the ABA Accreditation Standards Review Committees' meetings for last six years. Prior to returning to The Florida Bar, he served as Executive Director of the State Bar of Michigan from 2000—2006.  Before joining the State Bar of Michigan in November 2000, he served as Director of the Center of Professionalism at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. He also served as liaison for the State Bar of Arizona to the ABA Ethics 2000 Commission and ABA Multijurisdictional Practice Commission. Mr. Berry served as chair of the ABA’s Professionalism Committee (2003-2006) and has served on the McKay Commission that evaluated lawyer regulation nationwide.  He also has served on the ABA’s Discipline Committee, Model Definition of Law Task Force and Bioethics Committee. . Mr. Berry received his B.A., magna cum laude, in political science from the University of Florida in 1973 and his JD from Stetson University College of Law in 1976.


JIM BLACKBURN (Keynote Speaker)

Jim Blackburn graduated from Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. His legal background includes serving as Special deputy Attorney General in the North Carolina Attorney General’s office, First Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, United States Attorney, and several years in private practice. In 1993, Jim left the practice of law. Although appearing to be at the top of his profession based on all standard meaures of success, inwardly, he suffered from the pressures that often come with that success. A drive to win at any cost, a strong desire to be all things to all people and an underlying depression took their toll, ending his legal career suddenly and spectacularly when a number of ethical misdeeds were discovered. Jim’s subsequent surrender of his law license, guilty pleas to state charges, and a three and one-half year stint in state prison were well publicized in the media. In 2000, Jim wrote and published a book about his difficulties, and that book, entitled Flam-Out: From Prosecuting Jeffrey MacDonald to Serving Time to Serving Tables, is now in its third printing. Starting out as a guest speaker for the North Carolina Bar Association on the subject of “Quality of Life,” Jim has continued as a motivational speaker across several states and now has his own business, “Jim Blackburn Seminars, LLC,” which provides seminars on ethics, professionalism, and mental health to several professions in many different states.



Susan Daicoff is a Professor of Law and Clinic Director at Arizona Summit Law School. She has been a doctrinal tenure-track law professor since 1995, previously serving at Florida Coastal School of Law and Capital University Law School in Ohio. She has taught contracts, professional responsibility, mediation, comprehensive law practice (law as a healing profession), tax and commercial courses, law and psychology, and jurisprudence.  She received her JD with honors from the University of Florida, her LL.M. in taxation from New York University, and her M.S. in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida.  Before academia, she practiced transactional law (corporate, securities, and tax) and psychotherapy, in Florida.  Since 1991, she has been writing and speaking about lawyer personality, lawyer wellbeing and satisfaction, the legal profession, and law as a healing profession (the “comprehensive law movement”).  These efforts culminated in her two books, Lawyer, Know Thyself (2004), which synthesized forty years of empirical research on lawyers’ personality traits, and Comprehensive Law Practice (2011), a textbook on restorative, therapeutic, preventive, collaborative, and transformative approaches to law.  She has also published twelve law review articles, five book chapters, and one speech and given over 100 presentations.



 Daisy Hurst Floyd served as Dean of Mercer Law from 2004 until 2010. She was re-appointed in 2014. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Emory University and her JD from the University of Georgia School of Law. After graduating from law school, she practiced law in Atlanta with the firm of Alston, Miller, and Gaines, and then served on the faculties of the University of Georgia School of Law and Texas Tech University School of Law before coming to Mercer Law School in 2004. Professor Floyd is the author of numerous law review articles and is a frequent speaker at academic and law conferences. Her teaching and research interests include Ethics, Legal Education, Civil Procedure, and Evidence. She has a particular interest in the ways in which higher education shapes students’ ethical development and in the possibilities for cross-disciplinary collaboration within higher education. Professor Floyd was named a Carnegie Scholar by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2001 in support of her research on the development of professional identity among American law students and participated in the Carnegie Foundation’s 2007 study of legal education, William M. Sullivan, et al., Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Practice of Law. Recent scholarship includes work on understanding and developing lawyers’ capacities for practical wisdom and on cross-disciplinary perspectives regarding professional formation.



Timothy W. Floyd is Tommy Malone Distinguished Chair in Trial Advocacy and Director of Experiential Education. His responsibilities in the Experiential Education Program include supervision of clinics, externships, trial practice, and other skills classes. Floyd has published two books and is the author of numerous articles in the area of legal ethics, law and religion, and criminal law and the death penalty. He served as editor of the Faith and Law Symposium issue of the Texas Tech Law Review, and he is the co-editor of the book Can A Good Christian Be A Good Lawyer? Homilies, Witnesses, and Reflections. He is currently completing a book entitled Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross: Reflections on Justice, Mercy, and the Death Penalty. Floyd’s service activities emphasize access to justice issues and lawyer professionalism. He is currently the Chair of the State Bar of Georgia Access to Justice Committee, and he serves on the Advisory Board of the Georgia Justice Project. He was previously a member of the Supreme Court of Georgia Equal Justice Commission Civil Justice Committee, the National Advisory Committee of Equal Justice Works, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Georgia Council for Restorative Justice. He was on original member of the Supreme Court of Texas Access to Justice Commission, he chaired the Supreme Court of Texas Lawyer Grievance Oversight Committee, and he was one of the principal drafters of the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure.


L.O. NATT GANTT (Moderator)

L. O. Natt Gantt, II, is a professor and director of Academic Success and Advising and co-director of the Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform at Regent University School of Law. Professor Gantt received his A.B. in psychology and political science, summa cum laude, from Duke University; his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School; and his Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Before joining Regent in 2000, he served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Donald S. Russell of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; as an associate at Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C.; and as a Proxy Analyst at Fidelity Investments in Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Gantt teaches Professional Responsibility. Professor Gantt has been active in the national academic support community and served from 2004 to 2007 as editor of The Learning Curve, the newsletter of the Academic Support Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He has spoken on various topics related to legal education and legal ethics and has authored several articles on those topics.



Neil W. Hamilton graduated in economics cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Colorado College in 1967. He returned home to attend the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating magna cum laude and as a member of Order of the Coif in 1970. At Minnesota, he served as research editor of the Minnesota Law Review. Hamilton received his M.A. in economics (industrial organizations) from the University of Michigan in 1979. After years of both practicing and teaching the law, he joined the University of St. Thomas as a founding faculty member in 2001, and served as associate dean for academic affairs in the spring of 2002 and 2003-05. In August, 2006 he became the founding director of the Thomas Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions. Hamilton is the author of three books, over fifty longer articles, and one hundred shorter articles. His scholarly focus is on the process of formation of an ethical professional identity for students and practicing professionals. He is a bi-monthly columnist on professionalism and ethics for the Minnesota Lawyer. He is nationally known for his work on academic freedom and academic ethics. The American Council on Education published his most recent book, "Academic Ethics: Problems and Materials on Professional Conduct and Shared Governance."



Ben is Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform at Regent University School of Law. His Civil Procedure for All States (Carolina Academic Press 2010) was among the first casebooks to implement all three of the recommendations in the Carnegie Institute’s Educating Lawyers, including materials to teach analytical skills, practice exercises, and ethical professional identity questions.   He is co-authoring with Professor Larry O. Natt Gantt the chapter on best practices for cultivating ethical  and professional identity  in the Clinical Legal Education Association’s Building on Best Practices: Legal Education in a Modern World (forthcoming 2015, Lexis Nexis Publishing).  He is also co-authoring with Professor Gantt a book entitled Cultivating Law Students’ Professional Identity:  How It Determines Fulfillment and Effectiveness in Practice, and The Many Ways Law Schools Can Foster Professional Identity (forthcoming 2015, Carolina Academic Press).  In 2011, Ben was elected a Fellow of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, a consortium of law schools advocating reforms in legal education.  He served on the Virginia Bar Association Committee that developed the core competencies of Virginia Lawyers adopted by the Bar Association.  He is a Master, past Executive Committee Member and Program Chair of the James Kent American Inn of Court.   Prior to teaching, Ben practiced on the Litigation Team of Hunton & Williams, the last ten of which were as a partner.



Martha Peters developed one of the first academic support programs for law students at the University of Florida’s College of Law in 1984.  In 1999 Peters was recruited to develop and direct the Academic Achievement Program at the University of Iowa’s College of Law where she worked until coming to Elon University’s Law School as a founding faculty member in 2006.  In 2012 she was confirmed as an emerita professor of legal education at Elon. Prof. Peters’ work focuses on the different ways law students learn as they study, organize their materials, and take exams.  Her book, Juris Types: Learning Law through Self-Understanding, co-authored with Don Peters, guides students to use strategies related to their own styles of learning using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as the theoretical framework. Prof. Peters has published articles and book chapters on academic support, legal interviewing and counseling, stress and time management.  She has given numerous professional presentations for legal educators, law students, and lawyers within the United States and abroad.  She is the former Chair of the Section on Academic Support for the Association for American Law Schools (AALS).  She is a National Board Certified Counselor and a trained mediator.  She holds a B.A. in psychology from Mary Baldwin College, an M.Ed and Ph.D. in educational psychology and an EDS in counselor education from the University of Florida.



Don Peters is an Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law where he was a Trustee Research Fellow and the Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution.  A 1968 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, where he served as an editor on the Law Review and was elected to COIF, Don taught civil clinic,  negotiation, mediation, interviewing, counseling, civil procedure, and professional responsibility during his 37 years at the University of Florida.  Don also founded the Virgil Hawkins County Mediation Clinic and directed it until he retired.  Don is a Florida Supreme Court certified family, county, and circuit court mediator who has taught and consulted about ADR and clinical legal education topics in Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ghana, Haiti, India, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Poland, Taiwan, Thailand, South Africa, Uganda, and Viet Nam.  He has co-authored two books and published several articles analyzing aspects of dispute resolution, interviewing and counseling, and psychological type theory and practice.  Don was a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow with the Greater Miami Legal Services, Inc.; a Senior Fulbright Scholar with the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and a Fulbright Senior Specialist with Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan.  He has also taught as a visitor on law faculties at the Universities of Alabama, Colorado, Elon, and Iowa, as well as at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.   



David Thomson is LP Professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, where he has taught for 17 years.  He also teaches an upper-level whole-course simulation in Discovery Law, and has written and presented extensively on the intersection of technology, assessment, and legal education. David serves on the University’s Distance Learning Council and the Strategic Issues Panel on the Future of Higher Education.  He is the author of Law School 2.0: Legal Education for a Digital Age (LexisNexis/Matthew Bender 2009).  David is co-Series Editor of the Skills & Values hybrid law school textbooks published by Lexis and has published two books in that Series, Skills & Values: Discovery Practice (LexisNexis/Matthew Bender 2010) and Skills & Values: Lawyering Process (LexisNexis/Matthew Bender 2013).  David was the recipient of the 2011-12 University of Denver’s Distinguished Teaching Award. David blogs at and is active on Twitter @dicthomson.